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I like this album a great deal.

Originally formed in the early sixties and featuring the late Chris Squire (Yes) on bass, The Syn now comprise only vocalist Steve Nardelli from that era and, for this latest album, he's enlisted the immense talents of Moon Safari as his backing band. This was frankly the catalyst for my purchase. Consequently, and to my pleasure, there are more than a few similarities with the MS sound, not least in the vocal harmony sections and some of the instrumental breaks. However, it's not as if it's an MS album entirely with there being tracks you'd be hard pressed to align to their style.

For his part Nardelli has, at times, a voice that's part Jon Anderson mixed with the timbre and phrasing of Sting (The Police). At other times, I can't help thinking of Mike Flowers Pops in his delivery; in either case it works well with the material.

The title track is a fine start with some subtle Eastern flavours before developing into a rousing and energetic riff and melody. 'Revolution Now' and the following 'This World of Ours' have a sixties/early seventies Pop vibe with jangly guitars and a retro feel. The quintessential MS vocal harmonies start to make their presence felt too, while 'Something That I Said' is a terrific piano and acoustic guitar-based song with its lovely melody. The MS vocals towards the end are unmistakable.

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'Never Too Late' is decidedly Country with steel pedal guitar and sung/spoken vocals, while 'Lucifer Hesitating' is pure MS albeit with a different lead vocalist. Anyone familiar with MS will hear the intro and immediately assume it's one of their songs. 'The Wheel' has a great guitar riff and Hammond Organ intro but Nardelli's dated vocal delivery does detract just a little which is a shame.

Closing track 'Seventh Day Of Seven' is the album's epic number at just under fifteen minutes; again it has all the traits of MS but with another singer. As one expects from an epic, it runs through various phases, time signatures and features a variety of solos, all of which are top-notch.

I like this album a great deal, thanks I suspect to the MS influence, and whilst Nardelli doesn't have a bad voice I can't help wondering how the songs would sound if either Simon Åkeson or Petter Sandström of MS were the lead voice.

Gary Marshall

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